Pair of freshmen sparking Reed City wrestlers

REED CITY – Two freshmen wrestlers have gotten off to excellent starts for Reed City this season.

Matt McGahey, at 103 pounds, has a 6-1 mark.

“I’m happy with it for the most part,” he said. “The one I did lose, I wasn’t happy with. It was close and I made mistakes.”

It’s McGahey’s ninth year of wrestling with previous action in freestyle and youth grappling.

“I was ready for (high school),” he said. “There was some new stuff like with practicing that I’m not used to. Personally, I think I’m pretty good at reversals and I’m not bad at takedowns.”

McGahey is working on his pinning and finishing moves.

“I want to go to state, that would be pretty sweet,” he said. “I just have to keep practicing moves and work hard.”

McGahey is coming off a cross country season in which he improved by six minutes from the start of the season to the end. His best time was a 19:40. He also ran cross country for middle school. It’s an ideal way for him, McGahey acknowledged, to stay in shape while also following up on his passion for running.

Deven Micek at 135 pounds, wrestled two years at middle school and a year of Michigan Youth Wrestling Association action. He got off to a 4-3 start but was 3-2 at the Meridian Invitational.

“It’s going pretty good,” said Micek, pointing to a pin against Benzie Central as a major highlight of the season so far. “I’m still getting used to (varsity). There’s more running, getting in shape and practicing.”

He’s planning on sticking at 135 and his main goal is a winning record. His down position is his strength. He wants to improve on bear hugs, single legs and double legs.

REED CITY 3-2

The Coyotes were 3-2 at the South Haven Southwest Duals on Saturday winning 48-33 over St. Joseph, defeating Wyoming Godwin Height 47-32, losing to Bangor 43-36, thumping Kalamazoo Loy Norrix 78-6 and losing to Niles 55-16.

Top wrestlers for the Coyotes were Devin Ward, who was 40-1 at 125, Aaron French who was 5-0 at 215, Matt MaGahey, who was 4-1 at 103 and Matt McDonald, who was 4-1 at heayweight.

Adam Kehr at 140 pounds and Dakota Gogolowski at 189 were both 3-2.

“Our kids wrestled well,” said Reed City coach Roger Steig. “That’s a tough tournament and we were fourth, which I’m happy with.”

The Coyotes wrestled at home Tuesday against Pine River and Tri County and were going to take off the rest of the week. They’ll be back in practice next week and have the home team invitational on Jan. 7.